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Excerpts From Daughters Of Copper Women By Anne Cameron

The following two short excerpts are taken verbatim from Daughter’s of Copper Woman by Anne Cameron, first published in 1981 . The stories and legends handed down from the Nootka women of Vancouver Island are more poignant, more relevant than ever. Listening,  learning, doing and engaging in serious resistance as women of strength may make … Continue reading Excerpts From Daughters Of Copper Women By Anne Cameron

Uncontacted Tribes’ Territories Burning As Amazon Fires Spread

Communal house of uncontacted Indians inside the Uru Eu Wau Wau territory, photographed in 2005. © Rogério Vargas Motta/IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources). Survival International / October 14, 2020 The survival of several uncontacted tribes is now at risk after fires were set inside their territories. Activists have described this year’s … Continue reading Uncontacted Tribes’ Territories Burning As Amazon Fires Spread

Socio-Ecological vs. Socio-Economic

This piece comes from the Karuk Tribe, a nation located in what is today northern California and Southern Oregon, along the Klamath River. This piece shares Karuk cultural teachings around socio-ecology. We publish this with gratitide to the Karuk Tribal Department of Natural Resources Pikyav Field Institute, which is currently raising funds to support their … Continue reading Socio-Ecological vs. Socio-Economic

Indigenous Peoples in the Age of COVID-19

The CoViD-19 pandemic is impacting Indigenous peoples across the Americas who are already living under ongoing colonization, have poor access to health care, and suffer disproportionately from pre-existing conditions that compromise the immune system. by Laura Hobson Herlihy and Daniel Bagheri Sarvestani / Intercontinental Cry Coronavirus now has spread throughout the Indigenous Americas. The Navajo … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples in the Age of COVID-19

Railroad Construction Threatens Mayan Land

Chris Straquez describes plans for a 1500 km railway project in southern Mexico, the potential for environmental destruction, and how developers justify their genocide against indigenous people. The Mayan Train Project: Destruction of Indigenous Land By Chris Straquez The history of modern train industry started with the appearance of first steam engines, which enabled humanity … Continue reading Railroad Construction Threatens Mayan Land

How Should We Struggle?

Jack D. Forbes (Powhatan-Renapé and Lenape) was the author of  Columbus and Other Cannibals, one of the most important books ever written. In this excerpt, edited slightly for publication, Forbes warns how the “cannibal sickness,” or wetiko disease, the spiritual illness that he describes as driving the exploitation, domination, and “consumption” of others, can sometimes … Continue reading How Should We Struggle?

What is Matriarchy?

Is matriarchy, as some would argue, an “inverted patriarchy” in which women rule over and dominate men? No; this is an inaccurate definition. In this excerpt, taken from Heide Goettner-Abendroth ‘s book “Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Cultures Across the Globe,” she offers an alternative description based in existing matriarchal societies. Matriarchal Societies: Studies on … Continue reading What is Matriarchy?

Why Are People Evil? (Jack D. Forbes)

Jack D. Forbes (Powhatan-Renapé and Lenape) was the author of  Columbus and Other Cannibals, one of the most important books ever written. In this excerpt, edited slightly for publication, he offers the reader analysis of the nature and origins of evil in human beings. Image depicts former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. < The Origins … Continue reading Why Are People Evil? (Jack D. Forbes)

The Impact of ‘Civilization’ on Endemic Communities.

In this piece, Suresh discusses the impact of civilization on endemic communities and their right to live in isolation. Suresh tells us how these indigenous people have had their land, rights and identities stripped by encroaching industrial civilization. The Impact of Civilization on Endemic Communities By Suresh Balraj In a world characterised by information, there … Continue reading The Impact of ‘Civilization’ on Endemic Communities.

How To Do Indigenous Solidarity Work

All around the world, indigenous people are on the front lines of fights to protect the land. For those asking “how to do indigenous solidarity work,” these Indigenous Solidarity Guidelines developed by Deep Green Resistance are a first step. Land is central to indigenous culture. By aligning ourselves with indigenous peoples, especially traditional and radical … Continue reading How To Do Indigenous Solidarity Work